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July 27, 2020
Community Letter on COVID-19 Data Transparency and CDC Reform
Letter / Comment
TAG signed this letter from HIV organizations strongly recommending that the Administration reverse its decision to bypass the CDC in the collection & analysis of COVID-19 patient data, and that CDC internally address a culture of institutional racism described in a letter from 1,200 CDC employees to Dir. Robert Redfield.

July 23, 2020
Civil Rights Groups, Health Advocates, and Public Defenders Celebrate Passage of Legislation to Protect Contact Tracing Data from Law Enforcement
Statement / Press
TAG is one of the organizations who supports confidentiality in contact tracing and is applauding the passage of this legislation. As TAG’s State and Local Policy Director Annette Gaudino says in this statement, “There can be no effective contact tracing without trust.”

July 17, 2020
Statement on Human Challenge Studies for COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Statement / Press
Two recent developments have brought renewed publicity to proposals to conduct human challenge studies to test COVID-19 vaccine candidates: an open letter from the organization 1DaySooner and media reports that Adrian Hill’s Oxford University research group is planning a challenge study, taking advantage of the lack of regulatory oversight of…

July 7, 2020
Global Health and Human Rights Organizations Say U.S. Withdrawal from WHO Is Reckless Act That Could Delay Americans’ Access to COVID-19 Solutions and Prolong Global Pandemic
Statement / Press
AVAC, Health GAP and the Treatment Action Group (TAG) strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO).

June 26, 2020
Public Health Organizations Call on NYC Board of Health to Declare Racism and Over-Policing of Black and Latinx New Yorkers a Public Health Emergency
Statement / Press
Several prominent community health organizations with decades of experience in HIV/AIDS advocacy today served the New York City Board of Health with a formal petition calling for an emergency meeting to address racism and over-policing of Black and Latinx communities as concurrent, city-wide public health emergencies.

June 25, 2020
Petition to NYC Board of Health to Commence Emergency Rulemaking to Make Concrete Rules to End Racism As Public Health Peril
Letter / Comment
On June 25, 2020, the National Black Leadership Commission on Health, the Latino Commission on AIDS, Housing Works, and TAG petitioned the New York City Board of Health to institute concrete rules to end racism as a public health crisis in New York City. TAG and partners called on the…

June 23, 2020
Letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Regarding COVID-19 and the Right to Science
Letter / Comment
TAG sent this letter calling on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Council (HRC) to explicitly acknowledge the human rights dimensions of science and reaffirm the right of everyone to participate in and enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications…

June 18, 2020
Treatment Action Group Commemorates Juneteenth through Solidarity Actions, Reflection, and Transparency
Statement / Press
Tomorrow, Treatment Action Group (TAG) will be observing and honoring Juneteenth—a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States—through a day of solidarity, actions, and reflection.

June 12, 2020
Podcast with Dr. Madhukar Pai: TB Diagnostics Advocacy in the Context of COVID-19
On this podcast, Dr. Madhukar Pai describes the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed and limited access to TB diagnostic testing, and how all stakeholders must step-up efforts to mitigate these impacts and ensure that TB diagnostic testing is not abandoned in the response to COVID-19.

May 19, 2020
TAG Testimony to NY City Council on Plan for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing
Webinar / Presentation
On May 15, TAG Executive Director Mark Harrington presented this testimony to the New York City Council Committee on and Health and the New York Council Committee on Hospitals on Oversight: NYC’s Plan for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing.

May 15, 2020
Appeal to UAE Authorities to Release Prisoners with HIV Vulnerable to COVID-19
Letter / Comment
On May 18th, TAG and 46 other organizations and individuals – including the Stop TB Partnership, Global Coalition of TB Activists, and regional networks of people living with HIV, people affected by TB, and people who use drugs – are sending this letter to authorities in the United Arab Emirates…

May 13, 2020
Petition to Require Mayor DeBlasio to Restore Contact Tracing Authority and Responsibility Back to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Letter / Comment
A group of New York City community and public health leaders called on NY State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to exercise his authority under NY State Public Health Law and in compliance with the New York State Sanitary Code, the New York City Charter, New York City Health Code…

May 13, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 Serological Testing: What Is It and What Does It Mean?
ICAP at Columbia, TAG, and the COVID-19 Working Group – New York presented this webinar on May 13, 2020.  

May 7, 2020
Letter to NYC Government Officials About Reported de Blasio Plan to Put Health + Hospitals in Contact Tracing Leadership Role
Letter / Comment
The COVID-19 Working Group New York sent this letter responding to reports that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to put Health + Hospitals in the leadership role of a new initiative of COVID-19 contact tracing, a “reckless and potentially disastrous departure from sound public health practice.”

May 7, 2020
AVAC and TAG Statement on Ethical Conduct of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Challenge Studies
Statement / Press
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health emergency that may demand new, safe, and expedited ways of conducting ethical research to find the solutions we need, including a safe and effective vaccine.

April 30, 2020
Treatment Action Group and the PrEP4All Collaboration Respond to Reported Remdesivir Results for COVID-19
Statement / Press
Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the PrEP4All Collaboration welcome results from randomized controlled trials of therapies for COVID-19, but are seriously concerned about claims that data from a National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) study of the Gilead drug remdesivir…

April 22, 2020
Long-Term U.S. HIV Activists’ Letter to the FDA Regarding SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Diagnostics
Letter / Comment
Letter from a group of long-term U.S. HIV activists and organizations to Commissioner Stephen Hahn of the FDA, expressing dismay at the current state of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 diagnostics. In the letter, the members of the CWG review various COVID-19 tests, and provide short- and long-term recommendations.

April 16, 2020
Global Health and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump Administration Decision to Pull Commitments to WHO during COVID-19 Crisis
Statement / Press
AVAC, Health GAP, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), and Treatment Action Group (TAG) strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the midst of the urgent COVID-19 global health crisis.

April 15, 2020
Proposal to Create Safe Spaces for Vulnerable Persons and Those with Presumed or Confirmed COVID-19 and Mild to Moderate Disease
Letter / Comment
The COVID-19 Working Group, New York (TAG is a member), sent this proposal to a variety of NY political leaders, urging that people who have a “high risk of exposure or presumed or confirmed COVID-19 with mild to moderate disease” who can’t self isolate at home should be offered the…

April 9, 2020
Letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force
Letter / Comment
TAG and other organizations and individuals signed on to this letter sent to the White House Coronavirus Task Force members, requesting immediate action to strengthen and focus the US Government response to COVID-19, both in the U.S. and internationally.

April 9, 2020
Treatment Action Group Statement on BCG Vaccine and COVID-19
Statement / Press
Treatment Action Group (TAG) cautions that widespread media reports that the baccille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine may be protective against COVID-19 need to be read with caution.

March 25, 2020
Treatment Action Group Statement on HIV Treatments and SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19
Statement / Press
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is urging caution regarding the use of antiretroviral (ART) drugs as treatments for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. While there is clearly an acute need to carefully and quickly study interventions that may have activity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19 disease, it’s vitally important to be aware of…

March 9, 2020
Leading Community Activists and Epidemiologists Demand NYC Take Stronger Action to Mitigate COVID-19 Outbreak
Letter / Comment
TAG, PrEP4ALL and a number of other organizations/individuals sent this letter to New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot. It demands immediate transparency on, and public involvement in, their response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and requests a conversation with the staff of…

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